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Wednesday, August 26, 2009
PARAPALOOZA - Day 3


Southern Witch series - Quote of the Day:

"Hey, watch those paws. Remember you're not a tabby. With jungle cat strength comes jungle cat responsibilities."
~ Tammy Jo to Mercutio

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Okay, I just adore Kerrelyn Sparks, so expect to see more of her later in the week. For those who don't know, Kerrelyn Sparks writes the fantastic "Love At Stakes" series of humorous vampire romances. And she doesn't just write them great, she writes them fast, often delivering more than one book a year! She's amazing, so I was very interested in hearing about her process. Here's what she had to say on the subject of writing:

"When I've completed a book, I adore writing! When I'm starting a book, I suddenly develop an interest in laundry." ~ Kerrelyn Sparks

(Hee hee hee. I love that quote!)

Kerrelyn went on to admit that she's "a lazy slug" at the beginning of each story because she writes character-driven books, and it takes her time to get to know the characters. "I don't fill out charts or personality profiles for them because that would be too logical," Kerrelyn joked. Instead she lives her life while the characters grow in her head. A book's first hundred pages might take her six weeks to write, but once she knows the characters, she writes faster and faster to the end. The last hundred pages may be written in a week.

As a reader, finding a great writer like Kerrelyn who's prolific is always a treat because don't you always want to say to your favorite author... "Write faster!" I know I do.

And Kerrelyn's not the only person in the Sparks family who has a vision of Kerrelyn's characters. Her daughter did some creating of her own by "vamping up" her Barbie Dolls. Check out the video of Kerrelyn showing off her daughter's handiwork at Vamp Dolls Vid. Also, go visit Kerrelyn's site at www.kerrelynsparks.com

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And speaking of prolific writers whom I adore, let's talk about Annette Blair. When I joined the publisher's author loop (a place where the writers can talk to each other), she was one of the first people to welcome me and has continued to be wonderful and warm to me and to everyone else. She's also fabulously talented. If I had witch powers, I'd pop myself over to the East Coast to have coffee or tea with her because I just know that would be a delightful experience.


My question for Annette: I love it when characters from one series pop up in another unexpectedly. It's a little nod to the author's most loyal fans, who know all the characters that came before. Is it true that you've got some "guest appearances" in your upcoming novels?

"Yes. In my new Works Like Magic novels, my heroes come from parallel places and times. They're magical supernatural ancients who are able to cross into present-day Salem where they can interact with my witches. Melody from The Kitchen Witch shows up in Naked Dragon (1/2010). Kira from My Favorite Witch will show up in Bedeviled Angel (8/2010). Also, Reggie, a minor character from Sex and the Psychic Witch, will be the heroine in the third Works Like Magic novel which is about a time-traveling pirate who comes back to Paxton Island for buried treasure." ~ Annette Blair

Ancient supernatural hunks? Time-traveling pirates? Plus witches? I am SO there!! To visit Annette at her site, go to www.annetteblair.com

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If you'd like to win a signed copy of Barely Bewitched, an autographed copy of Secret Life of a Vampire by NYT-bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks, and a copy of The Kitchen Witch by bestselling author Annette Blair, please drop by in the comments and answer one or both of the following:

1.) What fictional character would you like to see made into a doll?

OR

2.) If you could take a character from a TV show or movie and drop him (or her) into a different show for a guest appearance who would it be and where would you put him?

(For example, I might like to see Dr. Who drop into an episode of Psych. LOL I crack up just thinking about Gus's reaction to that.)


81 Comments

  1. I'd like to see Henry Fitzroy from Blood Ties on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We know what Buffy thought of Angel but what would she do with Henry. he,he


  2. I would pick Data from Star Trek the Next Generation and plop him in a show like Charmed just to see how and android from the future would deal with magic and demons.

    And yes, I am a nerd, thank you. LOL


  3. Eric from the True Blood series would be cool as a doll.

    And just for fun I would like to see Agent Cooper and the Man from Another Place from Twin Peaks show up in The Dresdon Files or True Blood. The mixture of the surrealism from those Twin Peaks scenes with vampires and wizards would be fun.


  4. I would like to see a Sookie Stackhouse doll. I'd rather have my daughter play with a Sookie than a Barbie.

    espressogurl at hotmail dot com


  5. Okay first thank you for introducing me to Kerrelyn Sparks because I love her series of books now.

    As far as Annette Blair goes I have read all 3 of her "Accidental Witch" her 3 "Triplet Witch" and her first Vintage Magic mystery (which is my fave and I just kindled book 2 last night). I love, love, love the ghost in the book!

    I will say the first book I read was Gone with the Witch which is pretty much book 5. I had a hard time with it, kept starting and stopping and didn't think I would like her as an author. Then I picked up "A Veiled Deception" not realizing it was the same author (one of those I need a book NOW type things in the grocery store). The book hooked me in. I love the characters (especially the ghost), her best friend, her family, it is a great book. (don't want to put any spoilers for you who haven't read it).

    The way she uses her psychic ablilities to solve the murder is excellent.

    I realized it was the same author that I had been struggling with but I loved the murder mystery so much that I went back to the beginning of her "Witch" series and read The Kitchen Witch, book 1. I wanted to kick myself for almost getting rid of Gone With The Witch without finishing it. The main characters of books 2 and 3 were minor characters in book 1 and I wanted to know more about them by the end of Kitchen Witch. (Fortunately I was able to read all 6 in a week without having to wait for a release date to see what happens next since I discovered her so late in her publishing career.

    When the triplets arrived in book 3 I understood more about what was going on with the trio and almost went immediately back to Storm's story in Gone With The Witch. It was a frustration to read Harmony's story before going back to Storm's but I'm glad I finished hers first.

    LOL can I say (without looking majorly sheepish) once I read all 6 and actually made it past the first 3 chapters of Gone With the Witch (which is where I kept tossing the book aside) the book made me laugh, made me cry and it is my favorite of the 6 witch books.

    Now I am counting down the weeks until book 3 of the "Vintage Magic Mystery" series is out April 2010.

    She has won over this skeptic and I am preording "The Naked Dragon" which will be Book 1 of her new "Supernatural Employment Agency" series.

    I'm sorry to write so much but couldn't think how to condense what I wanted to say.

    Now for the questions of the day:

    1)The fictional character I want a doll of is "Jimmy The Hand" from Raymond Feist's Riftwar/Magician books.

    2)I love Psych but I would love to see Monk appear in Spongebob Squarepants (actually at the Krusty Krab).


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  7. 1) I would love to have dolls of the characters of the Meredith Brooks series of the author Laurell K. Hamilton. OR
    2) I would find fun to put Dr. House in a fictional TV show like Stargate! I love his caracter (character)!


  8. I would take Betsy Taylor from MJD's Undead series and put her as Doctor Who's companion. She would drive the Doctor up the wall, and he would have no idea what to do with her because she's always complaining and demanding margaritas and is ready to kill anyone who messes up her brand new Prada heels. Make that any of her shoes for that matter.

    Now my husband's pick, because there was no way I'm going to put an answer to a question like this without saying what he thinks. His choice is interesting. He would take Dexter from "Dexter" and put him into the series finale of "The Sopranos" right before the screen goes black. He's all about getting the bad guys. This would be his ultimate feast. Now since I've never seen The Sopranos, but I love Dexter I'll just take his word for it.


  9. Kimberly,
    If I had to choose a character to be made into a doll it would be Tammy Jo. The pictures of her on the covers of both books look like they came from a Madame Alexander doll. She would fit right in with M.A's fashion dolls


  10. When I was younger, I always wanted Jeannie (from I Dream Of Jeannie) to visit Samantha (from Bewitched). I always hoped they would ditch their hubbies & masters & then go on to conquer the world.


  11. I would love to see Mircea from Karen Chance's Cassie Palmer series be made into a doll.


  12. I can't believe this, I forgot to stop by yesterday. But I am back now now

    And the answer, hm, ok Sam from Reaper, aka The Devil's Son, and bounty hunter for escaped souls, I would put him in Supernatural and see how the guys get along. the first show is funny and wisecracking and the other more dark. It would be a fun mix


  13. Would be great to see the main character from the series Medium do a guest appearance in some reality show like "The Survivor" and being one of the persons participating in the show ;-)


  14. I'd love to see Spike from Buffy on Supernatural. I'm thinking the smart alec comments from both Dean & Spike would be priceless!

    Oh and I so second the Eric Northman from True Blood as a doll. Preferably life sized, lol. *wink wink* And dolls of pretty much any of Laurell K Hamilton's characters would be cool to see, but then so would JR Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series, Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunters, and Jeaniene Frost's characters from her "Grave" series. I'm thinking a whole line of character dolls from popular paranormal series/TV/Movies would be awesome!


  15. I would love to have a Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer made into a doll. How yummy is that??


  16. How about Buffy making a guest appearance on Bones? That would be different.


  17. The Love at Stakes' series is wonderful! I totally enjoy Kerrelyn Sparks books and always look forward to the next one...it is great she is a fast writer.

    I would enjoy seeing Monk in a Psych episode. With Monk being so phobic on organization and cleanliness I can't imagine him with Shawn and Gus and their unusual methods of working an investigation.


  18. Thanks for the shout-out Kimberly!

    1) Second Laurell K Hamilton's Anita series - I'd love to see what kind of dollhouse you'd have (big basements) and all the equipment (weapons, etc.) she'd have.

    2)I'd love to see Ned (the piemaker) from "Pushing Daisies" on one of the many CSI shows so he can just ask the victims what happened to them. (I'm so bummed they cancelled it!!)


  19. Hey, that was me - forgot to leave my name - no coffee yet this morning!

    robertmoonson@hotmail.com


  20. I would like to see Bill Compton from True Blood dropped in on House. I'm sure by the end of the show, they could find a cure for Vampirism and he and Sookie could live happily ever after, or should it be Eric? hmmm

    Or Eric on Smallville, who would win, Superman or the Sheriff? I'm not sure, but I hope they try shirtless!


  21. It would be really interesting to see Wolverine in Beverly Hills!


  22. I would LOVE to see Simi from the Dark-Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon made into a doll. I think someone made Sherrilyn Kenyon a Simi doll.. but I want one for my own!

    Thanks!
    ohmorningglow AT aol DOT com


  23. id like a Sookie Stackhouse doll!


  24. 1. I would like to see Sookie Stackhouse made into a doll. I enjoyed all of the books in the series and liked her attitude. She's pretty independent (like me) and it made me feel good to read about a character that I had something in common with.

    2. I would like to drop Roz (from Frasier) into a old show like Leave it to Beaver or something like that just to see how June Cleaver would react to an independent woman who felt free to express her ideas and worked to support herself. That would be hilarious.


  25. In a related topic that I thought of before going to bed (which made sleeping awesome... NOT) a doll I would NEVER want to see made is a doll of Gage Creed from Pet Semetary.

    Yeah wouldn't that be great - a life-size doll of an undead homicidal toddler. The deluxe edition could include a change of clothes to his funeral attire, come with an accessory pack of undead cat sidekick Church and scalpel and for a bonus there could be a button on his back to push so his scalpel-wielding hand can move up and down while you hear a voice track of him laughing or telling his daddy he wants to play with him.

    Im off to work for the day, needless to say it wasn't sweet dreams last night lol


  26. Hmmmmm. Tricky questions.... I agree that Tammy-Jo would make a fun doll! Having never read any of the Sookie books yet, I can't vouch for her.

    I think Jack Bauer from 24 should pop into Grey's Anatomy. Meredith thinks she has drama in her life now - picture it with Jack around!

    melacan at hotmail dot com


  27. I'd like to see Voldemort made into a doll. One of those punching-bag dolls to be specific. It would be a great stress reliever!

    -Lizzy
    Cornucopiaofreviews@gmail.com


  28. Well, I'm a huge Fairy lover . . . (lmao, that reads funny, but whatever) so I'd love the characters from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series made into dolls.

    I'd thoroughly enjoy seeing Chuck (from Chuck, lol) make an apparence in The Office. Or vice versa, have Michael from The Office appear in Chuck. Just seems right, and I believe the story line could be hilarious.


  29. Oh yeah, Dr. Who on Pysch, I can see that. Speaking of Dr. Who, I'd like to see Daniel Jackson from Stargate meet up with him.


  30. I would enjoy seeing Anita Blake made into a doll. She would have her zombie raising kit & vampire execution duffle.

    Her chest would open up to hold a heart "the ardeur" and all the wereanimals she has - kinda like Mr. Potato Head (or pregnant barbie)

    Of course she would have awesome miniature guns and knives that fit on her arms and hands!

    Oh, and her eyes would change color from brown to black with stars!

    :) That was fun!

    Miranda
    mdwartistry at yahoo dot com


  31. Another great giveaway today!
    I'd just like to win your books, but I also had Anette Blair's books on my wishlist for a while, would love to get my hands on those!

    I think I would take Melinda from Ghost Whisperer and put her into SUpernaturals. I think it would sure be interesting!

    Thanks!


  32. I would like to see Sam and Dean from Supernatural made into dolls, yummy!


  33. Answer 1:
    Uh, can I have the real thing appear in front of me instead? Please?

    Answer 2:
    I'd want to see Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer appear in an episode of True Blood. All other vamps would instantly be forgotten by Sookie Stackhouse. LOL.


  34. 1)I would like a Zoey Redbird doll made with her mark. I think her own action figure would totally flip her out!

    2) I would introduce Spongebob
    to the Snorks. Now that would be a cartoon to see!


  35. I'd like to see Ivy and Rachel dolls from Kim Harrison's series.

    Oh, and I'd like to drop Bones in on House. I think the two of them would be hilarious against each other.


  36. The fictional character I would like a doll of is Bones from the Jeanienne Frost books. And I would love to drop Abby (NCIS) in on The Doctor-what a blast that would be.


  37. I would love to see CSI's Grissom on House. He loves all that weird stuff and analyzing but to see him in a different environment would be interesting.
    I love reading Annette Blairs's books.


  38. Hmm. I'd like to see Temperance Brennan from Bones in Buffy.


  39. Hi Annette! It's Mel! Did I tell you I live in VA now? Hope you're well. :-)

    I'd like to see a Jules or Drake doll. Both are characters from Jenna Black's 'Guardians of the Night' series.

    Meljprincess AT aol DOT com


  40. Kimber, thank you so much for asking the question and posting it here. I'd love to have a cup of tea and chat with you, too.

    Mel, hello! Great to hear from you.

    Spacedkane, thanks for giving my books a chance. Thrilled that you're loving Dante. :)


  41. I love Psych...it is one of my favorite shows on tv. I want Giles from Buffy to appear on Dollhouse. Actually I would love to see Giles on any show on Tv.


  42. I would definitely want dolls of Eric Northman, any and all of the BDB boys, and any and all of Kenyon's Hunters (which actually are happening). It would put a whole new spin on playing with dolls. Heh-heh!

    And I'd send Twin Peaks Dale Cooper to Dexter. I think he might actually be able to catch Dex in the act.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com


  43. I'd love to see Agent Mulder from The X-Files make an appearance on Sex and the City. Hey, those girls are aliens in their own special way!


  44. I'd like to see Ripley from Alien as a doll. She'd kick Barbie's butt.


  45. I would like to see Acheron doll from Sherrilyn Kenyon's books. It would awesome.
    And I would love to see Sam and/or Dean Winchester from Supernatural popped into some sort of Scooby Doo show.


  46. i would take dr phil and put him in the george lopez show and see if he would try to fix the problumes between george and his mom that would be hillarious especialy if benny doesnt care and beats up dr phil


  47. I would love to see a doll made of Mercutio! I like critter dolls better than human types most of the time, anyway.

    This is not exactly on topic--but--I would LOVE to see Sookie Stackhouse and Tammy Jo get together and trade tales! They seem to have equally challenging love lives and supernatural abilities.


  48. I'm having a blast with your blog, Kimberly! And yep, Annette's a darling. Me, I'd like to see the cast of Stargate SG-1 in a Dresden files episode...*cue twilight zone music*


  49. I have to answer both, since they both have to do with the infamous Dr. Gregory House!

    1) Turn Greg House into a line of dolls called the "Tell me where it hurts and I'll tell you why you're an idiot" line, complete with witty comeback voice and kung fu vicodin grip action!

    2) Greg House should make an appearance on the Television series "Mental". The leading actor and house both approach medicine from two completely different (yet ultimately similar) angles. I'd love to see them butting heads on a diagnosis/treatment plan.


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  51. It would be nice to see Prudence (Prue) Halliwell on Warehouse 13 (Sy-Fy channel). ;)

    Oh, I'd love to see a Jaz Parks doll (Jennifer Rardin's Jaz Parks series).


  52. Kerrelyn - I love your daughter's handiwork... it's fantastic!

    To answer the questions:
    1. Simi from SK as a doll? yeah, that would be perfect *lol*

    2. I would put Michael Weatherly from NCIS into Heroes - wouldn't that be fun? I love "Toni" and Heroes is one of my favorite series :)

    Best wishes,
    Ina


  53. flip Giles plays Uther Pendragon on the new tv series "Merlin" every Sunday night.


  54. I'd like to see Mick St. John from Moonlight appear a scam/case with the Leverage crew.

    Or Walter from Fringe on House.


  55. Oh! I'd love to see the characters of Heroes deal with the demons in some of these stories! Those characters think they're already dealing with devils incarnate with the mess their parents made.

    As far as a doll, I think Mercutio should have himself immotalized in plush form as well as print!


  56. I would like to see Kenyon's Simi made into a doll.

    I would also like to see Mitchell from Being Human dumped into Monk. My daughter wants Bambi put in Alien Vs Predator.

    lynda98662 at yahoo dot com


  57. I'd like to have a doll of Jean Claude from Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series.

    I'd like to see Dr. House put in an episode of The Listener. I think it'd be interesting to hear what's going on inside House's head.


  58. Umm, I'm not sure I'd like to see ANY character made into a doll! LOL They usually end up looking pretty freaky!

    And as to the second question....I'd take Mick St John (From Moonlight) And put him in True Blood. Pretty much just because I miss Mick and love True Blood! Besides, that would be the perfect place for him!

    And I LOVE Kerrelyn Sparks! She's my favorite author, hands down. I'm never board during one of her books and that's what I love :)


  59. I would love to see a Sookie Stackhouse doll.


  60. I would love to have Edward Cullen (from Twilight) be dropped into the old "Angel" TV series so that he could duke it out with Spike! I would love to see that pretty boy get his butt kicked and for all the fangirls to go insane over it! (insert evil laugh here)

    Woot Woot! Go Spike!


  61. I think Simon Cowell should go judge Americas Got Talent. And Dog the Bounty Hunter would be great on Dancing With The Stars


  62. I would like to see Jenks from Kim Harrison's hollow series be made into a doll


  63. Hi everyone!

    I just got home from work and can't wait to read all your posts!!

    More soon,
    Kimberly


  64. It would be amazing to see Joey from Friends on Will & Grace. Actually, it'd be great if both shows mingled completely. HILARIOUS! :D

    sarah_bear_38@yahoo.com


  65. I'd like to see the actor who plays Sawyer on Lost to play a person who has been put into the Federal Protection Program in the show In Plain Sight! I love that guy, he's hot and would play a great ex mafia figure!

    dancealert at aol dot com


  66. I would love to see a doll of Stephanie Plum and all of the characters from Janet Evanovich's series.

    As for two characters together in a show..I'd throw Mila Kunis (Jackie from That 70's Show)into a show with Jason from True Blood because I think they'd look cute together.


  67. If you could take a character from a TV show or movie and drop him (or her) into a different show for a guest appearance who would it be and where would you put him?

    I would put Abby from NCIS in Bones because I think they would be an awesome combination. I would love to see a conversation with Abby and Brennan.


  68. I would like to see Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files drop into Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He could help them figure out whatever dilemma they were facing.


  69. I'd love to drop the Doctor and his TARDIS on Serenity from the tv show, Firefly. Bet there'd be some pretty amusing scenes between the Doctor and...well, the entire crew! And just think of the conversation topics he and River might discuss.

    Or maybe drop the Doctor in on the show, House. Have both him and House stuck in an elevator. Oh boy, is that a recipe for trouble or what?

    ...come to think of it, I think I'd enjoy having the Doctor pop into any show or movie. :D


  70. I would love to see "Pig Pen" from Peanuts dropped into Monk's apartment. Talk about a cleaning frenzy!!!


  71. I would choose Bones from the show Bones into 90210.

    cindyc725 at gmail dot com


  72. 1)I'd love a collection of Dark Hunter Dolls from Sherrilyn Kenyon. I want to see how Acheron's trippy eyes would come out.
    2)I've been watching the BBC show Being Human,the main characters are a ghost,a werewolf and a vampire. I'd be excited to see Drake Viero from Katie MacAlister's dragon series drop into that show.

    Hugs, Danette


  73. Isn't Annette Blair adorable!?

    Cross Warehouse 13 with House! Some object's 'cost for use' is making someone sick and House has to figure it out.

    Oooh, the cat from The Scot, the Witch, and the Wardrobe would make a cute doll.


  74. I would love a doll of Acheron from Sherrelyn Kenyon,I loved his book.


  75. I would like to see Clay and ELena from Keely Armstrong's books made into dolls.


  76. 1.) What fictional character would you like to see made into a doll?

    Merc from Would-Be-Witch, of course - what a great stuffed animal to protect you from things that go bump in the night

    2.) If you could take a character from a TV show or movie and drop him (or her) into a different show for a guest appearance who would it be and where would you put him?

    Liz Lemon from 30 Rock would make a great guest appearance on Red Dwarf


  77. Hey guys,


    What fantastic creative combinations! I LOVED reading these. (Although the scary Gage Creed doll may give me nightmares.)

    I do need Mercutio stuffed toy. Actually ocelot toys are kinda hard to come by, but I did find one source. I'd better order one before I forget again.

    I do have a Spike doll. My friend Roman (a music video director) gave him to me a few years ago. I'm going to post his picture with Day 2's Winner.

    I'll pick Day 3's winner tomorrow.

    Thanks so much for all your cool responses today. My blog has never been more fun.

    Hugs,
    Kimber


  78. I would love to see Ash from the Dark Hunters.

    It might be fun to see House in a show like Buffy. :-)


    Larena


  79. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    I'd really like to see Barnabas Collins from the old Dark Shadows TV series made into a doll - that would so kick!


  80. I think it would be great if they made a Dean Winchester doll from Supernatural.


  81. I'd like to see House dropped into Fringe.


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